Thursday, 21 January 2010

Screenprinting for Textiles course

This week saw the start of a new adventure for me - a course in Screenprinting for Textiles which is being held at the Regional Print Centre in Wrexham. Fabric printing is something I have been dipping in and out of, having been inspired by the many wonderful individual fabric printers out in the world (more on this in another post). This is a chance for me and others on the course to learn how to research processes and techniques, produce and develop designs and then produce fabric lengths all of which I am really excited about. I will be posting about my progress and other interesting resources over the next few months. The course is run by the Welsh artist and printmaker Steffan Jones-Hughes who runs the Print Centre.

The first evening we were really lucky to have a talk by Alun Evans who collects printed textiles form the 1940's - 1970's. He gave a presentation and also brought along some of his fabulous textile collection. It was exciting to see so many vibrant textiles, sadly from an era when the British textile industry was in full flow.
The above fabric is by one of my favorite designers from this period Lucienne Day and is called Petal. Among the stunning designs that Alun showed us was this one called Treasure Chest:

This next one called Cascade was designed by Evelyn Redgrave for Heals in the 1970's:

Patio by Sonia Dunthorne:

Another one from Alun's stunning fabric collection:

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